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(2008-06-27)
(wgvu) - The Michigan Senate has passed legislation
requiring legal defense funds set up for politicians to report
finances to the state.
The bills approved unanimously Friday are aimed at letting the
public see who's paying the legal bills for elected officials
accused of wrongdoing, including Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Some business and community leaders have been raising money to
help underwrite his legal expenses.
Kilpatrick and former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty face
perjury, misconduct and other charges stemming from a
text-messaging sex scandal and the dismissal of Detroit police
officers.
The bills would take effect Sept. 1 if approved by the House and
signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
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